I have zero time for Paleo hand-wringers

That’s very flattering, and a nice post. And yea, I’m well aware that I’m the bad guy for some, or many. I’ve also yet to see a single of my detractors accomplish much of anything in spreading the word. I, on the other hand, had 184,000 visits and 340,000 page views to my blog last month.

So it’s really funny when people tell me I’m a disservice to the paleo / LC community with stats like this, and having started some years ago with visits at about 10,000 visits per month.

So, based on my experience, I’m the one who knows what the eff I’m doing and all the nattering nabobs of negativity haven’t an effing clue, and they all know exactly what they can do about that in terms of self-fornication.

Of course, I rarely ever talk about this because those people are just "pips." All they ever "contribute" are complaints about the way I, Sisson, De Vany or others do things to advance the paleo message in ways we have found and proven to be successful, while the hand-wringing pips do absolutely nothing but bitch & moan; they never did anything, haven’t produced anything ever in this area, and never will amount to a runny shit.

My comment, here, slightly edited. Additional history here and here.

Addendum: I neglected to mention that Steve Cooksey, the author of that post about moi in the first link told his story of his experience with diabetes and the Two ADAs back here.


  1. Gabe on February 25, 2011 at 11:41

    Disservice??!! I don’t have any data to back this up, but I am sure you are responsible for a net gain in Paleo/LC adherents. Many of us are more interested in meat mastery, unapologetic strength, and telling the PC police to get fucked than we are in bragging about how many vegetables we eat or doing Olympic triathlons in the newest FiveFingers. Frankly, a lot of the younger Paleos, as you’ve noted, are themselves an advertisement against the movement by virtue of their douchebaggery (ditto many new Crossfitters).

    Additionally, we should be honest about the value of having an irascible 50 year old voice. When I try to tell my parents’ generation about my health improvements on a high-fat, high-animal-protein diet, they invariably dismiss it as “You’re a 20 something, you can get away with eating a lot of fat” (I was 25 when I first delved into Paleo, now closing in on 30).

    My dad, who is somewhat more mild-mannered than you, but enjoys his red meat arguably as much, is probably the best argument I have for the Primal approach. 63 and the slimmest he’s been in years, thanks to swapping his granola and daily sandwich for leftover steak.

  2. rob on February 25, 2011 at 12:04

    I remember once when Mark Sisson linked to one of your pieces in his Sunday link fest, one of the commentators complained

    “He told us to shove our organic veggies up our ass!”

    Laughed so hard I almost puked.

  3. Andy on February 25, 2011 at 12:05

    Haters gonna hate.

    People interested in good content keep on coming back and tell their friends and join in the fray.

    End of story.

    Rock on, dude!

  4. Sean on February 25, 2011 at 12:15

    I just made some french fries for my kid (fried in high quality lard), does that make me a bad parent? Do I really care if someone thinks it does?

  5. Gabe on February 25, 2011 at 12:51

    You’re only a bad parent if you don’t present them as freedom fries.

  6. petelf on February 25, 2011 at 13:59

    I don’t comment often, but I am truly grateful to have found your blog. It’s been a springboard for education and taking responsibility for my health and eating habits.

    I started reading last January and couldn’t stop. I threw out all the packages and boxes in my cupboards, and started shopping locally and buying pastured meats and butter.

    Abrasive? Pompous? I don’t really give a shit. You’re changing lives, and I thank you.

  7. petelf on February 25, 2011 at 14:00

    Oh, and my local beef purveyor will have my lard ready tomorrow – and you bet I’m making (freedom) fries!

  8. Jeremy on February 25, 2011 at 14:46

    It’s refreshing to have someone that isn’t sucking the proverbial PC wang. Keep it up.

  9. Brian Scott on February 26, 2011 at 05:01

    Heh, I sometimes find you too abrasive, but you do give credence to the movement, I think, if only because you documented your own progress. I was convinced there was some merit to the madness when I saw your progress photos. 50 lost pounds later, and I’m grateful for having found your site. So keep on going. :)

  10. HeMan on February 26, 2011 at 07:17

    I can’t stand reading most “paleo” blogs out there for more or less the same reasons — apologies, whining, etc. I just want things straight up. So mostly just hit up the more science-oriented ones (hyperlipid, etc) and when I want a little vitriol, over here.

  11. Richard Nikoley on February 26, 2011 at 07:28

    Brian and heman:

    You guys get it. It’s that simple.

  12. […] Shows how out of touch I am: If Richard Nikoley hadn’t blogged about it, I wouldn’t have known he has detractors. Whatever for? Has he been teasing the vegans […]

  13. PrimalProfessor on February 27, 2011 at 02:28

    Your posts hailing your brilliance when commenting and fighting back to these people just makes you look like a schoolgirl bitching about hoping someone will pat you on the back and fight with you.

    You genuinely spoil the paleo and primal community for me.

  14. […] Of course, by consequential extension, I would never, ever get a comment like this: […]

  15. Al on March 19, 2011 at 18:29

    a little more practice on the cussing, you might be ready to sail with us US Merchant Marine Officers.

    i’m enjoying the last days of the USMM identity – apparently the beancounters will soon be feeding us Navy food.

    • Richard Nikoley on March 20, 2011 at 09:54

      Hey Al, I forget which USNS ship I was on for a night once (may have been Kilauea), a helicopter stopover from USS Midway to Reeves, but I still remember the food and the extensive video library.

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